Eastbound lanes of the Interstate 10 bridge over the San Jacinto River will be completely closed from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Sunday, but the Texas Department of Transportation isn’t sure if that will end the bridge detours.
“We have a closure in place for this weekend,” said TxDOT spokeswoman Deidrea George Thursday. “However, the weather is delaying our striping operations. If we are unable to stripe to finish the remainder of the repairs we won’t be able to open the additional lane and return traffic to its original configuration.”
The closure will happen in any case, she said, to remove barricades and other “punch list items.”
Traffic heading east—from Houston toward Baytown—will have to exit and U-turn at Monmouth Street in Channelview. The designated detour route is to use Loop 610 to get to Highway 225, then drive east to Highway 146 and cross the Fred Hartman Bridge.
The Beltway 8 Ship Channel Bridge also crosses the ship channel, but it is a toll bridge and it also under
State Rep. Briscoe Cain said he asked why a complete closure is required rather than a partial closure.
He said TxDOT responded, “We have to remove about 2.5 miles of barrier so we need room for the crane outriggers and loading trucks.”
Also, they said striping moves faster when traffic doesn’t have to be shifted between lanes.